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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

RJFerret Re:So instead of "free" why don't they say "covere (308 comments)

Marketing: because "free" and "new" are the two strongest advertising buzz words that drive sales. It doesn't matter that it truly isn't free, rather buried in the cost of the item, consumers are attracted to products that include "free" or "new" somewhere and are more likely to buy.

This is also why "new version" or "new features" or "new colors" or "new enhnacements" are often pitched despite the product being the same old thing with the same old functionality with the same old annoyances.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

RJFerret Yes please. (381 comments)

If it could replace the need to carry a phone around with me, or have one clipped to my belt, or have a bag to carry it in, etc. It's far nicer to have nothing extra to carry, than to carry around an item.

It would need a replaceable power source that holds a long enough charge so years from now when the battery doesn't have full capacity, it lasts all day and into the night.

It would be nice to have a scalable sized display, perhaps projected if not holographic (there goes that power).

Google Now functionality required, so connectivity, location awareness and microphone please.

Instead of being a watch, be the band, so whatever watch face could be used. Come in a size/style that suits womens watches.

It doesn't need to have a speaker, that could be a separate Bluetooth earring like IBM had 15 years ago, so the entire world doesn't hear/be disturbed, and I don't look like a borg.

One of those virtual keyboard systems that can tell what your fingers are typing in midair from your wrist movements. Acceptable to have a complementary bluetooth bracelet for the other wrist to make this work.

In the future, I'd like a private neural display, so I'd be a 'borg, with an amazing firewall so I don't get mental adverts. At this point we'd hopefully be able to eliminate the secondary bracelet for typing and just think "OK Google".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

RJFerret What problem are you trying to solve? (143 comments)

our firm is looking to get away from using paper during our design meetings

Why?

What problem are you trying to solve? Without understanding the problem, nobody can provide pros/cons or cost/benefit of alternatives, much less come up with a solution to...?

Once you actually identify the problem, the solution might become self-evident. But just listing your ideas and seeing if others have implemented things similar to your ideas won't resolve the circumstance.

(Meanwhile, perhaps quit and find a job outside of the design field, a field where identifying and clearly communicating problems is key to coming up with designs to resolve said problems. My guess is sales might be a better fit, given the suggestion of throwing hardware at people being a benefit, for no apparent reason.)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

RJFerret ED, ARexx (359 comments)

Where does that fit in your Analyze! spreadsheet?

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

RJFerret Re:That took long enough (276 comments)

Hear, hear! As totalitarian countries go, the US is slow to act...oh wait, perhaps if this ruling isn't challenged, ends up having some impact, and surveillance is ameliorated, the US won't carry the "totalitarian" adjective any longer.

about a month ago
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Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

RJFerret Poor guy (109 comments)

Welcome to the world of man-scaping. But hey, at least you have eyebrows to waggle at the ladies now.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

RJFerret Not necessary (208 comments)

I'm surprised only one other person pointed out almost none of that info is needed. Banks, courts, insurance, attorneys, brokers, all of them have procedures which negate passwords/PINS/all that info the executor of the estate typically doesn't know.

What you do want is to get way more copies of the death certificate than you imagine you'll ever need. The death certificate and the institution's forms will gain you legal access to everything. Accessing them improperly could lead to trouble.

(A list with passwords should be outdated in a matter of weeks when passwords are changed anyway, account numbers when accounts are closed/moved, etc. It's just quicker/easier to use the institutions process and doesn't ruffle any feathers.)

about a month ago
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EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards

RJFerret Re:a THOUSAND times faster than 4G? (78 comments)

It's lingual, "could be 1000 times faster" includes every portion thereof. Heck, "could be 1000x faster" includes 2000x faster too.

Gotta' watch those conditional possibilities. ;-)

about a month ago
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EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards

RJFerret Re:a THOUSAND times faster than 4G? (78 comments)

I believe the "could be" part, if it's just 10% faster s/he's right.

And an attempt by 2020 means more like 2026, and the US will have an incompatible slower version around 2030.

Jaded, I am.

about a month ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

RJFerret No. (346 comments)

We know that whenever a headline asks a question, the answer is typically, "No."

In this case, you could go so far as to say, "Obviously not."

about a month and a half ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

RJFerret Re:I'm totally for this (243 comments)

Try an Acura RL with SH-AWD first. The Benz system will obscure a bad road condition, causing you to drive with inaccurate information and potentially overdrive for conditions. The Honda system speeds up the outside wheels, effectively rotating the car à la a row boat, and it feels amazing, like you are accelerating down a straight road while actually sweeping a bend. Instead of the side bolsters pushing into you, the back of the seat pushes you from behind while you are in a turn. However it's not a fictitious feeling, but really works that way.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

RJFerret What do I think? (185 comments)

I think extortion is extortion.

As a landlord, there are other considerations too, depending if your tenants have the option to not pay for your "lack-of-service", or reduce the rent by the amount alternatives cost them, how it is described to them, and the laws of the individual state, it might even negate their legal requirement to pay full rent.

Landlords aren't often permitted to prevent tenants from obtaining services. Courts don't tend to favor entities trying to obstruct students' abilities to obtain learning resources.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

RJFerret Magazine (153 comments)

In the lifestyle sense, my father had tools and fixed things instead of blowing his hard earned savings on paying others to do what anyone could.

In the computer sense, magazines provided basic programs you could manually type in.

In the practical sense, I had a need, I wanted to read late at night but mom would catch me with a flashlight. I used a 12-volt toy train transformer, a 12-volt taillight bulb from a car, wires running to two thumbtacks in the doorframe of my bedroom door to act as a switch, so when mom opened the door the light went off and all I had to do was close to hide the book and pretend to be asleep--was successful for years.

When I becme older, there were free PD programs. Nowadays that there are no magazines, and kids grow up with tablets and expensive apps, I have no clue. (Heck, people were getting in car accidents from heavy key-chains turning off their ignitions instead of simply doing rolling restarts.)

about 2 months ago
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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

RJFerret Re:Bleh (128 comments)

I loved it, felt like manual rack and pinion at high speed, felt similar to hydraulic power steering at low speed but far smoother. Humans are dynamic/adaptive creatures, and it doesn't feel any different at different speeds--if you didn't know it was an adaptive electronic system, you'd have no clue. Congrats Ford on catching up to what Honda was doing a decade and half ago.

about 2 months ago
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Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

RJFerret Re:News? (128 comments)

And my 2001 Honda had it.

about 2 months ago
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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

RJFerret Re:What a punishment (270 comments)

Who can I upset enough to buy my properties for a hundred and sixty times more than I paid?

about 2 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

RJFerret Re:Give the AI folks more resources, FFS. (123 comments)

Hear, hear, as a consumer, eye candy is wasted on me, artificial behaviors are the "life" of the game. There are a couple games I experience regularly, one has really old tech (like 1990s era) with fabulous AI that keep me on the edge of my seat, the other undergoes regular development, receives compliments on it's visuals, but feels lifeless.

about 2 months ago
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

RJFerret Re:Errors? (230 comments)

News from the future, rhinos find success adapting to suburban environments with discarded carpet camouflage, people slow to adapt.

about 2 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

RJFerret Re:Bamboo Bicycle (198 comments)

Making it's way? Historically was used in bicycles, I have pics from a bicycle museum along the Rhine River with bamboo framed bikes. Looking at a pic now, even the rim was wood (or at least matching color).

about 2 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

RJFerret Re:ok if your car is new (432 comments)

Those cheap jet skis you see for sale along the road have shot hoses from ethanol use.

In the car, I hate the higher cost from worse mileage. It's awesome traveling to a different state (southern) and getting a full tank of gasoline and all the miles that entails.

about 2 months ago

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Service data mining photos shared online for brands.

RJFerret RJFerret writes  |  about 4 months ago

RJFerret (1279530) writes "The company Ditto is pitching its service to data mine brands displayed in photos shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler, providing data on "who is using or wearing a brand and how influential they are within their network", where they use certain brands compared to competitors, and promises to reveal "an interest-graph for each person, and for the network of people who use your product. This interest-graph informs how to target and engage the most influential users of your product." Additionally, "social photos are like a 24/7 focus group. We found that Gatorade wasn’t just consumed during exercise, but by teens during meals." Singularity Hub indicates they are also using "emotion recognition algorithms to report what the people in the photograph are most likely feeling."

It makes me glad my various social spheres share discretely via Google+, does awareness of these types of activities alter your inclination to share or display brand items publicly?"

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Zeus "Ray Gun" Strikes Down Unexploded Ord

RJFerret RJFerret writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RJFerret (1279530) writes "As reported in The Economist, mounted in the back of a Humvee is a "directed-energy weapon" (laser gun to the rest of us) to allow detonating unexploded ordnance from 300 meters away, in lieu of using rocket propelled grenades or exposing troops to sniper fire. More science-fiction becoming reality in one "undisclosed theater of war"."
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Google's Lively going to be lifeless

RJFerret RJFerret writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RJFerret (1279530) writes "Half a year of Google's Lively was enough. They have announced in their blog that they are pulling the virtual plug come end of December (they encourage taking screenshots and videos to capture users' hard work). This news despite Slashdot's recent coverage of an interview suggesting plans to open Lively to developers and a future roadmap, our previous comments were only so favorable after we talked about the launch. So apparently bringing 3D environments into a browser is not as marketable as they hoped? Or is this also a sign that environments such as Second Life might have limited application despite their continuing growth? Or might they be turning their attention to core business as the blog post declares, or possibly planning Google Life instead?"
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Tennis balls are faster than our brains...

RJFerret RJFerret writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RJFerret (1279530) writes "As reported in BBC News Health from an article in Current Biology (pay for article), tennis line judges are foiled by their brain's perception, calling in balls "out" incorrectly more often. In studying video of 4000 random calls, of 83 incorrect, 70 of those were called out. Is it "gaming" umpires brains to exploit this perceptual bias via technological challenge systems if players use them more when balls are called "out"?"

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